Retirement Blog

The Retirement Blog approaches the subject the way Gladys Kravitz from the old sitcom “Bewitched” might -- by poking a finger through the blinds, hoping to figure it all out, even the bewildering parts. The blog focuses on the financial issues that ordinary retirees might encounter, with an emphasis on topics like managing 401(k)s, IRAs, Social Security, Medicare and the rapidly disappearing old-fashioned pensions. Even if you have a couple of million bucks in the bank, you might find useful information here, but mostly we try to keep average folks up to date on what it takes to retire comfortably. See the latest Retirement Blog posts below.
Wednesday, July 25, 2012 6:22 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Whether you are a boomer or a member of the older silent or GI generations — if you are healthy, you are probably not eager to just sit on the porch.

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012 10:35 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Letting taxes on qualified dividends rise at the end of the year isn’t just a problem for rich people.

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Monday, July 23, 2012 5:31 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Roger Groen, 78, is still picking up garbage in the Chicago suburbs — and liking the job — but most of us won’t be staying on the job that long.

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Sunday, July 22, 2012 6:00 am
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

One of the decisions that most people have to make when they turn 65 is whether to choose traditional Medicare or a Medicare Advantage plan.

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Friday, July 20, 2012 5:00 pm
By Barbara Whelehan · Bankrate.com

A couple of studies about 401(k) leakage were leaked to the press this week. 401(k) leakage refers to money that seeps out of a retirement plan.

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Thursday, July 19, 2012 5:29 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

If you’re one of the 4 million people still getting Social Security by check, here are four reasons to make the switch.

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Wednesday, July 18, 2012 4:36 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Exercise, particularly resistance training, is emerging as protection against getting Alzheimer’s disease.

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Tuesday, July 17, 2012 4:15 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

It costs an average of 20 percent less to live in retirement, according to an analysis of a government survey of people ages 65 and older.

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Monday, July 16, 2012 5:02 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Local and state governments are reforming their retirement plans to make them more affordable, but some of the changes may not be the right ones.

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Sunday, July 15, 2012 6:00 am
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

2013 will bring tax changes that could hit high-income retirees hard. Here are some steps to take now.

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